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Falls Community Raises Funds for Youth Police Academy

Thanks to generous contributions from two recent township events, the Falls Township Youth Police Academy received a total of $6,600 to support its program.

Extreme Fitness Personal Training owners Marty McLoughlin and his wife, Linda Stout, collected a total of $5,600 in donations from the recent Fallsington 5K and one-mile walk. The couple presented a check to police officer John Yeager during a recent Falls Township Supervisors meeting.

In spite of having 200 fewer 5K participants, McLoughlin said the township “did not lose in generosity.” Through the donations of local organizations and businesses, he was able to contribute even more funds this year as compared to 2017.

Recognizing that a 5K is “not something everyone wants to do,” McLoughlin said he has a “plan for next year to do things a little differently.” While details are still coming together, he told the Supervisors that he envisions holding an event at Falls Township Community Park.

Supervisor Jeff Boraski, who helped organize the township’s recent Touch-A-Truck event, said $1,000 from that event’s fundraising efforts would be transferred to the Youth Police Academy.

Officer Yeager noted the “awesome partnership” the police have with Extreme Fitness Personal Training and others who help fundraise to support the program.

The next Youth Police Academy runs from July 11 through July 26. Applications will be accepted through July 6. The program is open to all students entering ninth- through 12th-grade, as well as 2018 high school graduates who are interested in law enforcement or the military.

“The student has to go to school and not be a discipline program,” Yeager said, adding that he requires a mandatory parent or guardian meeting to review the curriculum.

Youth Police Academy participants will learn about the crimes code, crime scene investigation, patrol scenarios, use of force, physical training and more.

Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie lauded the donations as supporting a “good cause.”

“It’s been a tremendous success,” he said.

For more information about Falls Township’s Youth Police Academy, click here: https://www.fallstwp.com/departments/police/youth-police-academy.aspx.

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